When Shilpi Chandra first moved to Brighton from the small town of Mussoorie in North India, she knew no one except her husband. But over the years she has become a crucial figure in city life.
For over a decade, Shilpi has been a leading light in the city’s North Indian community and active member of Sussex Indian Punjabi Society. Gifted at bringing people of all ages together, she has been a key force in creating connections between various local Indian groups. For instance during lockdown, when the community wasn’t able to celebrate Diwali in the usual way, her work inspired a free live Facebook concert to raise money for the charity. She also organised Christmas presents for the homeless including gloves, hats, scarves along with a hot meal.
And when Shilpi’s daughter Kiara had to cancel her ninth birthday party in April due to lockdown, they both decided to do something for the community. So mother and daughter gave away decorated packages crammed with treats to homeless people on the seafront. News of this went viral on social media and gathered attention worldwide, including some Bollywood stars. As a result, Shilpi and Kiara created the Bag of Kindness initiative, where people can donate a meal on their birthdays, anniversaries or special occasions. To date, over 1000 homemade meals have now been given to the homeless.
Shilpi also hasn’t forgotten her hometown of Mussoorie, where she helps the Red Rose School for disadvantaged children as a teacher, sponsor and fundraiser. In fact, whether it is in Brighton or in India, Shilpi Chandra is just one of those people who wants to make the world a better place. And best of all, she is inspiring everyone else to do the same.
Emily Kenward believes passionately in the power of friendship to change people’s lives. After losing her beloved grandmother, Emily began wondering how she could make life better for the city’s elderly. Knowing that loneliness is a huge issue for older people, she gave up a successful career in marketing to create Time to Talk Befriending. Launched in 2013, the charity offers friendship and community to older people in East Sussex.
The Charity also works together with Sussex Indian Punjabi Society and other local BAME groups to raise awareness of loneliness during COVID19 and how it’s impact on social well-being can be improved.
Known for her ‘smile as big as her heart’, Emily has recruited a team of volunteers to bring companionship and connection to seniors. And in the process, many life-changing friendships have been forged.
When the pandemic started Emily was quick to take action, offering phone support and distributing emergency food parcels to homes. Every food parcel included two fresh home-cooked meals from a local chef and in total, over 3000 were delivered to those most in need. As well as this, Emily recruited an incredible 200 extra volunteers to help beat lockdown isolation.
Emily’s work has also received a number of awards and nominations, including the National Lottery Good Cause Community Champion Award and The Argus Community Stars Award. Supported by her team of staff and over 500 volunteers, she pours her heart and soul into the charity every single day of the year, including at Christmas.
As one volunteer says:
‘Emily sends ripples of love and care into the community, helping hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people across Brighton and Hove. She has been a lifeline for many, giving them a sense of purpose and a new zest for life. Emily is a Brighton treasure.’
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Format: Via Zoom (Details will be issued nearer the time of event)
Class Size: 50 Households(May increase depending on demand)
Main Dish (Veg & Non Veg): Tutorial will be focused on Mamaji Paneer Kari / Chicken Kari made with fresh spices, cashew nut** puree and roasted fenugreek. Cooked with a beautiful sweet potato and carrot thoran.
Supplementary Side Dishes: Cumin bayleaf basmati rice and wholemeal chapati’s. As tutorial will be focused on main dish, it is requested participants prepare the supplementary side dishes in their own time using cooking instructions provided.
Dish Serving: 4 people
Cooking Instructions / Pre-preparation: This will be provided in advance, detailing utensils required and what to prepare beforehand eg chopping and measurement of ingredients.
Allergies: ** Cashew Nut puree will be excluded for those with allergies or replaced with suitable alternatives available. Participants are requested to advise on all food allergies at the time of booking.
Cost: Including tutorial and all ingredients
Members – FREE* with “Promotion code” valid for ‘Members Only’.
* FREE Promotion Code: This will be issued with value of £10 in advance, valid for Sussex Indian Punjabi Society Members ONLY for first 40 bookings. In Ticket selection screen; simply select ‘Enter promo code‘ highlighted in blue in top left hand corner, then input code and select ‘Apply‘. If you wish to use this opportunity to donate, then simply omit the use of promo code. We are a non-profit organisation, so all proceeds from donations will go towards the benefit of our communities through events and activities we organise. If you wish to make further donations either now or at any other time, simply follow instructions via link; Donate.
Distribution: Boxed ingredients will be available from Friday 26th February 2:00pm
Delivery is FREE for those households within 7 mile*** radius of Brighton & Hove (via SIPS volunteers). Otherwise, £8 delivery fee applies for distribution outside this range.
Collection is possible at pre-arranged time and location within 7 mile*** radius of Brighton & Hove. Pick up points will be pre-agreed with participants nearer time of class.
NB:***7 mile radius of Brighton & Hove covers range from Peacehaven (East) to Shoreham-by-sea (West) and Pycombe (North). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with one of our dedicated and friendly committee members if you have any issues with delivery or collection.
Communication: WhatsApp Group / Email will be used to keep participants informed of updates leading up to event.
Booking Deadline: Friday 19th February, no later than 5:00pm
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– Only one booking per household permitted
– Only book class & delivery of ingredients if you have full confidence that you can attend and participate in the zoom class. The objective is to engage, interact and connect our communities, lift spirits and improve social well-being during these strange times.
– Promo code is valid for members only, who were members as at time of this posting. If you wish to become a member and to take advantage of promotions in the future, please complete our Membership Form
– Non-members attempting to use promo code will have their booking rejected and will cause them unnecessary delay.
– If any unforeseen circumstances occur SIPS reserves the right to amend, move or cancel the event. Attendees will receive a full refund and be notified in advance.